About 39 km north of Marmaris the road from Muğla comes over the Sakar Geçidi (Sakar Pass; 670 m) reveal breathtaking views of the Gulf of Gokova. It then switchbacks down into a fertile valley.
At the base of the hill, signs point the way to Akyaka, often called Gokova after the beautiful bay nearby. Backed by pine-clad mountains, this village descends to a little grey sand beach beside a river mouth. There are attractive two-storey houses with pantile roofs and intricate wooden balconies
Every Saturday there's a busy market in the center of town. The local boat cooperative runs tours of beaches along the gulf, which make a nice day trip for around €15.
There are several types of sports club which offers windsurfers, sea kayaks, canoes, pedalos, sailing boats and and mountain bikes for rent, as well as tuition and courses. Canyoning and paint-balling is also possible.
Getting there and away
Minibuses run from Gokova to Muğla (€1.10 ,30 minutes, 26 km) every half-hour, and to Marmaris (€1.40 ,30 minutes) twice a day in high season only. Minibuses coming from Marmaris can drop you at the highway junction, from where it's about a 2,5 km walk down to the beach or you can wait for the minibus.